We love them - we love them not - we really do love them! Daisies are the classic wildflower, just begging to be added to a kitchen counter vase or woven into a flower crown. True daisies aren’t the only option for that beautiful shape, though. Plenty of plants have daisy-like flowers while bringing other benefits for growing methods, season, and various benefits. Here’s a collection of our favorite plants with daisy-like flowers.
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The variety of colors you can get with gerbera daisies are nearly limitless. Gerberas prefer full sun spaces with loose soil that drains well. Enjoy summertime daisy-like blooms as a border or an indoor potted plant, perennial in southern zones and annual elsewhere. Hardy to zones 8-10.
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Beloved as a calming herbal tea, chamomile also sports tiny daisy-like flowers on spindly stems. Sow in the fall for blooms coming up in the spring. Chamomile is an easy plant to grow in full sun with little to no maintenance – so much so that it can become an invasive plant sometimes considered a weed! We know better, though, and enjoy chamomile for its beauty and functionality. Hardy to zones 3-9.
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Yellow, full blooms with daisy shapes cover the heliopsis plant, also known as the false sunflower. These do well in the south, tolerant to heavy heat and thriving in full sun. Hardy to zones 3-9.
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Excellent as a companion plant, calendula is edible, medicinal, and helps with natural pest control. Colorful, full flower heads have the daisy-like shape with full, almost bushy petals. For extra-long blooming time, be sure to deadhead them after spring flowering. Hardy to zones 8-11Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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A wide range of asters is available, covering a spectrum of colors and huge jumps in height. Go for the tallest – up to eight feet! – for the back of the garden, or eight-inch varieties for the borders. Plan on late season blooms from asters, balancing out a garden of early blooming flowers. Hardy to zones 3-8.
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Also known as African daisies, osteospermums are shaped like daisies with stunning metallic centers. Plant near strong foliage to let the bright colors stand out on their own. They enjoy fertilizer, sufficient water, and acidic soil. Hardy to zones 9-11.
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A low-maintenance perennial, Echinacea is also known as coneflower and sports purple daisy-like flowers. Not only is it beautiful, but it can be grown for medicinal properties and is excellent in tea. Hardy to zones 3-8.
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Another with a wide range of colors, Coreopsis could fill a container or section of the garden all on its own. Blends of reds and yellows and whites and purples give the daisy shape with a gorgeous range of visual interest. Bring lots of bees and butterflies in every season with Coreopsis perennials. Hardy to zones 5-9.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Somewhere between a daisy and a black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckias have yellow flowers and dark centers. Enjoy planted in large groups for a mass of summer blooms. Full sun is best, as they are summer blooming, drought-tolerant, sun-loving perennials. Hardy to zones 4-10.
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Thanks to their thick covering of blooms, gaillardia are also known as blanket flowers. Blooms are daisy-shaped with a wide range of colors, from reds to peaches to orange and yellow, solid or blended. Gaillardias are low maintenance in well-drained areas in full sun. Hardy to zones 3-9.
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Striking purple daisy-like flowers with yellow centers cover the delosperma, otherwise known as the Ice Plant. Its gorgeous array does come at a price, though – you have to tend it carefully to keep it from over-producing. The right combination of drainage and moisture, as well as nutrient rich soil without over fertilization, right in a full sun area will yield breathtaking results. Hardy to zones 5-9.
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Cushion mums can be officially named Deandranthema or Chrysanthemum, but either refers to the colorful, bushy, daisy-like perennials that can also double as annuals if you’d prefer. Plenty of sunshine and moisture makes a thriving cushion mum, with mulch to retain moisture and protect shallow roots. Hardy to zones 5-9.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Possibly the most similar to common daisies, the Shasta daisy grows in clusters of several feet tall and one to two feet wide, with large, gorgeous blooms. In full sun, they’ll come back to you each spring and stick around all season long. Hardy to zones 5-8.